UMass Boston

Paul Watanabe

Political Science
Healey Library Floor 10

Areas of Expertise

American Foreign Policy, American Political Behavior, Ethnic Group Politics, and Asian Americans


PhD, Political Science, Harvard University

Additional Information

Paul is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute for Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is the author of Ethnic Groups, Congress, and American Foreign Policy and principal author of A Dream Deferred: Changing Demographics, New Opportunities, and Challenges for Boston. His scholarly articles on ethnic studies, Asian Americans, public policy, political behavior, foreign policy, and health disparities have appeared in major academic journals and edited volumes. He currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Nisei Student Relocation Commemorative Fund; Board of Directors of the South Shore Health System; Board of Directors of North Hill Communities; Board of Trustees of the Harry H. Dow Memorial Legal Assistance Fund; Board of Trustees of the town of Weymouth Libraries Foundation; Redistricting Data Hub’s Advisory Data Council, and the City of Boston’s COVID-19 Health Disparities Task Force. He was appointed by President Obama to serve on the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and served as the first Chair of the U.S. Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations. The Emperor and Government of Japan have awarded Paul the Order of the Rising Sun. Paul received his B.S. in Political Science from the University of Utah and Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University.